If you use an iPhone, you probably don’t spend a lot of time thinking about its security. After all, many iPhone users choose the iPhone because it needs much less customization and setting up than Android.
However, whether you have an Android or an iPhone, it’s still extremely important that you pay attention to your privacy settings. Here’s how to verify your iPhone privacy settings when it comes to recent models:
1. Go Through Third-Party App Permissions
To receive access to certain sensitive information, like location data or your camera roll, an app needs to ask your permission first. Although there used to be a few different ways to get around asking permission, Apple has taken many steps to close those loopholes. This makes it much more difficult for apps to take your information without your permission.
But the biggest thing to remember is that just because you granted an app access once, that doesn’t necessarily mean you want that app to always have access to all of your information.
That’s why it can be such an important part of the process to go back and comb through all the access you’ve granted. You might just find that you want to remove or at least scale back some apps’ access.
2. Carefully Look Through Your Settings
When you want to make sure you’re safer on your iPhone, you want to look through all of your settings, not just the ones that automatically jump out as being security concerns. For example, you might not think of your notifications as having anything to do with security. But if you commonly receive text messages with sensitive information, you want to make sure those notifications don’t show up on your lock screen.
Because there are plenty of other settings that have a similarly hidden importance, it’s a good idea to just scroll through all your settings once in a while. It might take a little while, but it’s a great way to stay up-to-date on what’s happening with your phone’s privacy. Plus, it can even show you some new settings you’ve never seen before.
3. Check What Your Phone Shares With Your Provider
All phones share some measure of information with your phone provider. If you’re connected to data, for example, your phone provider will be able to see where you are as a result of the data connection. Because your provider has to send text messages to and from your phone, the provider can technically see those messages as well. But not everything is a requirement.
Whether you have an Android or an iOS device, you want to make sure you check up on your phone provider settings every once in a while. Usually, you’ll do this by actually navigating to your phone provider’s website and looking at the settings through your phone provider. Check and see what your phone provider uses your information for and change any that make you uncomfortable.
4. Keep Tabs on Your Private Information
It’s always important that you know what’s going on with your own private information. After all, if you know where your information is and how different sources are using it, you can be prepared if anything significant changes. But in order to do that, you have to have a way to get that information. PeopleFinders provides the perfect source for your security information.
With PeopleFinders, you don’t have to worry about how to keep an eye on your own personal information. You can perform a people search on yourself to try and see what’s currently available out there. If you notice there’s much more information than you would expect, you can get to work cleaning it up.
Otherwise, you can just keep an eye on your information through PeopleFinders. Then take action if you notice that something significant recently changed.
Can you really stay safe on iOS on your own? In fact, it’s surprisingly easy to make sure you stay safe, whether you’re on an Android phone or an iPhone. The most important thing you need to do is simply to keep yourself up to date, and never assume your phone is protecting you.
Do you have an Android instead of an iPhone? There are some specific steps you can take to update your settings there, too.
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